Florida Baseball Ranch

Zika Virus Saves a Pitcher’s Arm?

by Randy Sullivan
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Early last Friday morning I was conducting a Precision Strike One-On-One Evaluation and Training Session with a 16 year-old righty complaining of severe biceps pain. He had scheduled the appointment after pitching in his first tournament travel ball season. For the sake of confidentiality, I’ll call him Wilson (that’s not his real name). In his second outing of the weekend, the pain reached a 10/10 tipping point threshold, his coach wisely shut him down and told him to call The Florida Baseball Ranch. Many coaches believe that pain in the muscle belly of the biceps is no big deal… They […]

Are You Talkin’ to Me? Testing…

by Randy Sullivan
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As the hit man once said to the mafia boss… I know a guy. He’s a high school senior headed to a reputable D1 college program on a baseball scholarship. He’s getting about 60% of his tuition paid, but to cover the rest of the cost for the out-of-state private school, his parents will be on the hook for about 10k per year. According to my calculations, over 4 years, that’ll tally up to around 40k (yep…mathematical genius here). But he’s also a pretty good student, so he might be able to cover the remainder of the nut by bagging […]

Roll With It Baby!!

by Randy Sullivan
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We have a former MLB student who started training with us 3 weeks ago after receiving a recommendation for Chien-Ming Wang. I wrote about Wang’s resurgence in a blog called How Chien-Ming Wang Got His Groove Back. This new guy once topped out at 100 mph. That was before 2 Tommy John surgeries and a serious shoulder blowout known as a HAGL (Humeral Avulsion Glenohumeral Ligament). This guy (who shall remain nameless until he makes it back to pro ball – hit 91.9 last week) was drafted out of high school as a catcher, so I’m guessing he started with […]

Let’s Get Physical — Changing Pitching Mechanics is Serious Business

by Randy Sullivan
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Recently, I had a minor leaguer in for a Precision Strike, One Day, One-On-One Evaluation and Training Session. Since he’s currently in extended spring training with a pro team, he had to come in under the radar on a Sunday morning. So to maintain confidentiality, I’ll just call him “Lefty”. As I always do with minor leaguers, I asked Lefty what he thought were the biggest constraints keeping him out of the big leagues. He reported that since being drafted out of college as a 91-93 mph guy, he had been losing velo and had developed a shooting pain with associated […]

How Chien-Ming Wang Got His Groove Back

by Randy Sullivan
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Have you heard the talk of the town in MLB Cactus League? Seems there is a “rising phoenix” in Surprise, Arizona. And its got a lot of people confused… The entire league is wondering how Chien-Ming Wang, a 35 year old, twice injured pitcher who was sitting at 86-88 mph in AAA last year is now bumping 96 mph and is showing better stuff than any time in his career. Most “experts” would tell you gains like that at his age are impossible. Internet gurus are scrambling to analyze his mechanics, looking for the “magic bullet” change that holds the […]

Ranch Fitness and Nutrition Director, Lisa Church

by Randy Sullivan
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So I was talking to a guy at the Florida Baseball Ranch during our open house on a Sunday. It was a beautiful Florida evening and we were chatting while enjoying our cold water and snacks. I had already given a 15-minute presentation to all that were there about what my role was and philosophies are at the Florida Baseball Ranch. But still, this guy asked me to elaborate more on my skills. Ya know, he was one of those who seemed like he was looking for a chance to debate or something. I get it, I’m a female in […]

Five Words to Describe an Efficient Delivery

by Randy Sullivan
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A couple of weeks ago, I got a call from Andy McKay, the director of player development for the Seattle Mariners. He said, “Randy, I’m calling all the best pitching minds I know.” I said, “Oh, so you have the wrong number?” He chuckled and asked me this question: “Can you, off the top of your head, give me 5 key words you would use to describe an efficient pitching delivery.” The question caught me off guard a little, but I’ve always heard that if you can’t describe what you do in 1 or 2 sentences, then you don’t really […]

I Do Nothing!… NOTHING!! (The Lead Leg)

by Randy Sullivan
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When I was a kid, I used to love to watch a TV show called Hogan’s Heroes. My favorite character was a bumbling, overweight prison guard named Sgt. Schultz. I think of him often when I consider the role of the stride leg in the pitching delivery (weird, huh?) See, around here the only time we talk about stride is to say that we never talk about stride. Guys manage their stride legs in different ways, and honestly, we don’t care. In an efficient delivery, the only thing the stride leg does until it hits the ground is NOTHING! We have to lift it […]

The Inverted Iron Pyramid

by Randy Sullivan
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One of the key indicators of efficiency and power in a pitcher’s delivery is his use of his lower half. At The Florida Baseball Ranch, we’ve been studying this for a long time, and our understanding is constantly evolving. An efficient and powerful lower half definitely isn’t seen in the old “stay tall and fall” idea. It’s amazing to me how many coaches I hear say something like “stay tall on the back side”, and then turn right around and tell a pitcher “you gotta use your legs more.” Can someone tell me how that is even possible? On the other […]